Yikes! My chickens just ate a lizard!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chick4chix, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. chick4chix

    chick4chix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I felt so bad ---I accidentally caught a lizard in my bird netting- and although I cut him out- it was a little too late- he had expired:([​IMG] so out of curiosity I held him by the tail next to the girls pen where he was immediately grabbed and fought over! long story short- they made a fast meal out of him.
    It was a little shocking how quickly they devoured him, but at least his loss of life was not for naught:D[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2009
  2. Nemo

    Nemo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, chickens are omnivorous. They eat nearly anything they can... Bugs, worms, snakes, frogs, sometimes even each other. I knew a guy who would throw the ribcage from the deer he hunted into the run, and the chickens would happily peck it clean.
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    I had a nasty thing happen today too! only it was a poor frog! [​IMG]
     
  4. vtsarahb

    vtsarahb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah, I saw my girls chase down and eat a frog in the yard yesterday. As long as it doesn't make them sick, I don't mind.
     
  5. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Lizard stand little chance. Mine chased down and killed a mouse that decided to take a short cut through their run.
     
  6. buck-wild-chick

    buck-wild-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] lol I luv frogs !
    We have 13+ barn cats (all spayed/neutered) and i haven't seen a lizard all summer. [​IMG]
     
  7. chick4chix

    chick4chix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! a deer carcass- whew that's big! I know they are omnivores but that seems almost over the top- like a hawk or buzzard.

    Mine have been happily eating worms (I vermicompost) and used to give them to them- now they have to work for them by digging, and I heard they would eat baby mice (I wish) but I guess I was surprised by the speed by which they dismembered and swallowed him.

    They won't touch snails or slugs- I fed them a slug and after shuddering, and dropping it- they spent the next ten minutes trying to wipe the slime off their beaks on everything close by including me -ha.
     
  8. i'mclucked

    i'mclucked Out Of The Brooder

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    I've seen my girls eat a lizard, also a small mouse .
     
  9. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

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  10. PeepsInc

    PeepsInc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine love slugs. That's one of there favorite finds.
     

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